Yesterday didn't turn out as planned. When I started making the split pea soup, I got halfway through and didn't have all the ingredients! Bad planning. So I put that away and the kids had ham and Swiss sandwiches and deviled eggs for dinner. I took out 5 ounces of dark meat chicken and made myself a chicken salad with a side of Romaine and cherry tomatoes. I also got super hungry mid-day and had my optional snack of almonds. One of my goals is to use the optional snacks that have very few calories (like celery or sugar free jello), so I will try to do better on that today. Those nuts may be healthy, but they really add up and make a difference.
My stats for yesterday were:
98 g protein
85 g carbs
47 g fat (37%)
Everything is about where it should be except the fat is high. Medifast advises 34 g fat/day max. I will keep a closer eye on that today as well.
Yes, I started tracking again. I haven't tracked calories in about 2 months, but am trying to tighten things up in April and see where I can improve. I am hoping that will get me a slightly better loss this month. Three pounds a month, which is what I've gotten the last 2 months, is okay. But if I can get it up to 4, I will hit a new low this year. I think I can do it, especially if this plantar fasciitis heals. Speaking of which, my feet were improved for several days after the acupuncture session last week, but then yesterday they were pretty bad again. I have another session tomorrow and hope it keeps helping.
I will be leaving soon for a couple of days for a mini vacation! So excited! I am taking my kids who are on spring break right now and we'll be staying in a hotel... one with a breakfast buffet included. This has kind of been an issue for me in the past few years. When I am low carbing or on Medifast, I tend to justify eating any of the high protein items in hotel breakfasts: eggs, cheese, sausage, bacon, sometimes yogurt. On Medifast I make it a "4&2" day, meaning I eat 4 Medifast meals and two regular meals. But there are never enough veggies (if any at all) in a hotel breakfast, and come on... sausage and bacon?? Not good for weight loss! Cheese? Well if it isn't low fat, it's not on plan. And the yogurt always has added sugar.
So I have been thinking about this. I often gain weight or maintain on vacations because if food is FREE, I feel like I have to eat it or I am "wasting" it. I seek out hotels with free breakfasts so it is more convenient (and cheaper) to take the kids there rather than going out. I love the free coffee and tea. But you know, this is a mindset that has got to change. And it is time. Just because the food is free does not mean I have to eat it. Instead of thinking, "oh! A FREE breakfast! Now how can I make this work? I don't want to eat Medifast food when there is FREE yummy stuff right here!", I can choose to view it the same as any other off-plan junk that makes its way into my presence, and stay *truly* on plan by eating my usual Medifast for breakfast. I can still enjoy some hot tea or coffee, and my kids can have their waffles. The only way to really fit a hotel breakfast into Medifast is if it is one of those hotels that makes your breakfast to order and has spinach, mushrooms, peppers, etc for omelets. And even then, it would need to be part of my ONE Lean & Green meal. The only on-plan reason to do a 4&2 is on days I am doing more than 45 minutes of vigorous exercise. Otherwise, adding a second Lean & Green meal is just going to stall my weight.
I am going to get this done. I am going to step outside my comfort zone and quit being complacent. I have been making an effort, and staying *mostly* on plan, but I have not been putting my ALL into weight loss. Mediocre efforts yield mediocre results and I am going to give it all I've got to get the best result I possibly can... no matter what that number turns out to be.
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